Mindfulness of the body

Mindfulness of the body

Part of a series of four talks on the four establishments of mindfulness given at the Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore. The talks are based on the text A Presentation of the Establishment of Mindfulness by Gyalwa Chokyi Gyaltsen.

  • Mindfulness of the body
  • Lessons from observing an autopsy
  • Meditating on the 32 parts of the body
  • The purpose of meditating on the body
  • Meditation on the body as a corpse
  • Three ways to meditate on the body as a skeleton
  • Shantideva’s verses on the body
  • Mental anguish about our body and appearance
  • Questions and answers
    • Is there a guide to meditating on the mindfulness of the body?
    • What’s wrong with living in the moment and enjoying beauty?
    • How can we encourage people to be more patient?
    • Why is it easier to be nonvirtuous than virtuous?
    • Do you do the skeleton meditations as a set or one for a time?
    • Does meditation on the breath counter attachment to the body?

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Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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